We’re celebrating the release of ALL OF THE ROGERS by Erin Lockwood!
ALL OF THE ROGERS
YA Psychological Romance
My alarm goes off at four am. It takes an hour to get to the studio, and then my ballet training begins. I go to school for a few hours, and then it’s back to the studio for more training. Go to bed. Repeat the whole process the next day.
I hate it.
My time at school is a blur, except for biology. I don’t rush through that class, because I get to see Roger Byrnes. He probably doesn’t even know I exist, but my heart beats a little faster when I see him walk through the classroom door with his messy hair and carefree attitude. He has so much energy. But then he stares off into the distance, and I wonder what he’s thinking. It’s the highlight of my day.
I wish I could quit ballet so I could be a normal teenager. Someone who Roger would want to be with. I could use some excitement in my life…I bet Roger could give that to me.
Holy guacamole. Why is it that every time I read a book by Erin Lockwood I end up not knowing where the heck my feelings are? It’s like my mind splits in half and I end up loving and hating her stories at the same time. Bear with me while I try to figure out my feelings toward this book!
I want everyone to be surprised when they pick up All of the Rogers so I’m not saying a thing about the story but I feel like everyone should know that it touches some serious issues that unfortunately a lot of teenagers go through. It is not just a cute Young Adult romance story, it is way more than that. Even though it was very hard for me to connect with the characters in the story I know a lot of you will feel identified with them.
I couldn’t for the life of me find a connection with the main character, Kerri. I started off loving her character but as the story continued I started drifting away from her and found myself rolling my eyes at most things she did.
Same thing happened with Roger’s character. I started off loving him because her reminded me of someone but sadly as I kept reading I began drifting apart from him too.
Note: As I mentioned, I think this is actually an unpopular opinion and there’s a huge chance a lot of you out there will feel connected with Kerri’s character.
I was simply never the typical drinking/partying/going-out/has-a-bunch-of-friends teenager so I really couldn’t relate. I hate when people drink way too much so I would never go to parties and I would stay the heck away from people who did. I was and still am the epitome of a goody two-shoes. I kid you not.
Erin Lockwood’s writing is as amazing as it was in her previous book, Planning Penelope. Her writing keeps you at the edge of your seat and makes it impossible to put the book down. A Young Adult story by Erin just didn’t do it for me, I think I’ll stick with her Psychological Suspense stories.
If you’re a teenager or a parent then I recommend you pick up this book if you have the chance. It is a book that creates awareness. It is a cute coming-of-age story with romance (not your typical romance though), with characters that play the bad influence part and characters who are a great influence, with a touch of teenage drama and a shot of cruel real life.
3.5 / 5 flowers
Roger keeps running with me screaming over his shoulder, and I’m getting seriously worried he’s not going to slow down when he reaches the ice-cold Pacific Ocean. I can feel the freezing wet splashes on my legs, and as he runs into deeper water, some of the splashes reach up to my face.
I’ve been playfully kicking and screaming for him to put me down, but now, I’m gripping his upper back, not wanting him to lower me at all. Don’t let the turquoise water of Carmel fool you; it’s damn cold, even in the summer. Girls wear bikinis on the beach, and surfers wear wetsuits all year-round. Even I know that.
“You broke a promise,” he says while his arm grabs me from over his shoulder and moves me down.
The muscles in my legs bulge, and I clench them around his upper body, holding myself high up on his shoulder.
“What are you? A cat?” he says, confused, as he tries to figure out what I’m doing with my body.
I grab on to his head and use it as leverage to clench my thighs together over his other shoulder. “I never broke a promise,” I say, unashamed. The only emotion going through me right now is fear of going into the ice cold water. “I never promised to call you.”
“Oh, that hurts my feelings,” he says dramatically.
He reaches up and tries one more time to pull me off of him, but I’m too strong.
“How the hell are you stronger than me?” he exclaims, clearly frustrated that he’s tried twice to throw me in the water with no success.
All he’s been able to do is make me slip down his body a little. My one leg is still draped over his shoulder, and the other is wrapped around his back, holding on for dear life. My face has moved from over his head to right in front of his nose.
“Ballerinas are a lot stronger than you think,” I say with a calm, even breath.
I’ve never kissed a boy before, and right now, I’m staring at one’s lips. They’re so full and colorful; they look as if they’re full of fruit punch. I wonder what it would taste like and feel like. If I just move my head a few inches closer…
“Maybe so,” he says, matching my even breath. “You might be stronger than me, but I’m more clever.” He spreads his arms out, as if he’s going to give someone a huge hug, and slowly, his body weight shifts back.
“No, no, no, no, no!” I scream once I realize there’s no stopping him from falling back into the water.
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.
Huge thanks to Wordsmith Publicity and Erin Lockwood for sending me an ARC of All of the Rogers in exchange for an honest review!